Everything You Wish to Know About ManyShip – The Infographic

On popular demand we created this Infograhic that summarizes the functions of ManyShip. ManyShip is about better shipping experience. When you ship with your friends you get green, quick, cost-effective and smart shipping.

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What is ManyShip all about?

ManyShip.com is fast, cheap and green shipping

Shipping is affordable, rapid and eco-friendly with ManyShip – photo courtesy pixabay.com

With traditional shipping companies the expedited shipping option is expensive while the lower cost option is slower. An ideal shipping option, however, would be both cheap and quick. That’s the notion behind ManyShip. ManyShip enables you to get cheap, fast and green shipping.

ManyShip focuses on two important trends to achieve better shipping.
– The social networks.
– The travel that people are doing.

According to a research conducted by Pew Internet about 72% of the entire internet population uses social networking sites. That’s a whopping 1.4 billion people who are connected on social networks.

People are using social technologies to do more than just share ideas, activities and media. They now share their extra inventory and buy or sell from each other. Car sharing, house sharing, or co-working spaces are few examples that are setting the new movement in the sharing economy.

In the last few decades, travel has seen an increase. A look at a recent report from the World Tourism Organization shows that the number of tourists crossing the international borders has reached the 1 billion mark in December 2012.

ManyShip has combined these two trends and has created a platform that connects people through social networks and allows them to ship for each other. That means expedited shipping is then possible at lower rates, without worrying about hefty shipping fees for expediting or tracking.

With ManyShip, people can share the extra space in their luggage, vehicles and other carried items to help offer expedited shipping. This gives a better shipping experience for their friends. It also allows stronger bonds to be built, while creating a greener environment by reducing or eliminating the need for delivery trucks or manpower.

ManyShip enables people across the globe to take advantage of green shipping that is fast and affordable, by simply sharing the extra space that they have available. That gives everyone a better shipping experience.

48 hours for 15 miles

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According to USPS website, the time to deliver a package between Sunnyvale, CA and Redwood City, CA is about 48 hours when using standard delivery option. If the package is dropped off today, June 5, after 8.00 AM then it may delivered on June 7, 2013.

Although this example is an extreme case, it sheds light on an important shortcoming of the delivery system – the delivery time frames  do not agree with the speed facilitated by existing transportation systems. For example, it may take less than hour to drive to Redwood City from Sunnyvale. Thus, we would expect the package be delivered in a much lesser time frame than what is projected on the USPS website.

ManyShip tries to uncover possibilities of resolving this disconnect. It connects people who travel, either short distance such as daily commute or long distance such as scheduled travel, with people who need to send goods.

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Sign up free now at ManyShip, post a trip and carry goods for other people, or send goods with other people when they travel. Using this platform we can realize the time frames that we think are reasonable rather than the traditional 48 hours.

What do you think? Do you feel the same way that something is amiss when 15 miles of distance needs 48 hours of time to cover?

Trust / Travel networks – what the heck are they?

At ManyShip, there is a lot of talk about “travel networks” or “trust networks”. In fact, travel networks form the crux of the working principles of ManyShip. Thus their purpose and need has to be clearly understood.

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As said in a previous post, Trust, security, risk, and ManyShip, ManyShip puts significant emphasis on connecting people who know each other already; either very closely or to some extent. Close relationships may be found inside a family, within friends, colleagues, or classmates. Distant relationships may be common at a workplace, worship places, universities, etc.

ManyShip attempts to connect those people that already form a part of “some” network, such as a family or friends network (e.g. Facebook), colleagues or co-workers network (e.g. corporation, enterprise, or company ), students network (e.g. schools or universities). And in almost all cases, a user may belong to at least one network.

ManyShip’s users, when signing up, must select a network they wish to associate with. The network may be the company they work at, the school they attend, or the social network they participate in. For example, a user may associate to a company and may consider their company name along with the company’s specific location when assigning the travel network. For example, when selecting Microsoft Corp. as their travel network, user may select Microsoft Corp. Redmond, WA if primary work location is Redmond office. On the other hand, if the primary work location is Sunnyvale, CA then the user may select Microsoft Sunnyvale CA as their travel network. (A user may belong to multiple networks.)

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A travel network begets trust and lets other users seek or provide services with confidence and reliably. And it eventually helps creating happy users.

So, choose a travel network and have a safe & happy manyshipping.

Trust, security, risk, and ManyShip

At a meetup in the silicon valley yesterday, May 22, several people asked about how ManyShip fosters trust among its users and create a convenient and safer platform for users to transact. Here’s a little background on how its done at ManyShip.

The emphasis is on connecting people who know each other already, either closely or distantly; users, for example, that work at the same company, attend the same school, or belong to the same social network (e.g. Facebook) share a network. There exists an inherent trust and comfort among these users that belong to the same company, a university, or a social network.

For the purposes of transacting on ManyShip, an employee of ManyShip may connect with their colleagues at ManyShip. Similarly, a student at Stanford University would transact with their friends at Stanford. This concept may be extended to users at Microsoft, Google, Northern Illinois University, Satyam Infotech, Tata Consultancy Services, Fiverr, Ebay, and so on.

ManyShip utilizes the “trust” that has been established already in the networks and users of which feel comfortable connecting with their friends or colleagues. This notion may be evident from ManyShip’s sign up form that requires a user to select their “travel network”, which essentially refers to the trust network that the user already belongs to;  users enter  their association with a company, a university, or a social network.

Users, however, must assume the responsibility of doing their due diligence when accepting goods from others and or entrusting other users with their personal goods. 

Act responsibly and in turn help create a safe platform.

At ManyShip find various possibilities to ship stuff; Save money to send, earn rewards to deliver;

ManyShip is an online venue that brings together travelers and senders. Travelers carry goods for their friends, colleagues, or friends’ friends who might be interested in sending goods with them (“senders”). Travelers utilize extra space in their vehicle or luggage to transport goods. They may receive a payment for the shipping services from senders or just earn goodwill depending on how they advertise their services. Senders, on the other hand, save money on their shipping needs, receive a personalized shipping service and a better tracking for their shipment.

Our goal is to create smart social networks that will empower its members with ideas and tools that in turn affect its members positively.  ManyShip is an attempt at creating one of the smart social networks (let’s call it a smart travel network), by bringing together travelers and senders who act responsibly, and help each other to conserve resources (i.e. travelers’ earn rewards and senders save money; Also, both collectively create a greener environment by eliminating shipments that may have been shipped using traditional means).

Become a part of this new smart social network and make a difference for yourself and others.